Devi R. Thomas
Director, Shot@Life Campaign
Devi Ramachandran Thomas joined the UN Foundation in May 2011 as Director of Shot@Life, to manage the campaign and oversee the daily programmatic, communications, marketing, and fundraising needs of the campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, Devi worked as a senior consultant in sustainability and cause marketing strategies. She also held the position of Director of Cause Branding at Cone, Inc, a leading cause communications agency where she specialized in corporate cause marketing campaigns and public-private partnerships. For over seven years, Devi has led strategic marketing, corporate social responsibility and shared value philanthropic campaigns, including work for clients such as Pfizer, ITT Corporation, Wal-Mart, and Western Union. She has worked on award-winning campaigns including ITT Watermark, ITT’s signature corporate citizenship program and Western Union’s Our World Our Family. She previously worked in marketing and communications at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City where she helped build the Inner City 100 brand. Devi holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Masters of International Relations from Boston University. She is a mother of a 1-year-old boy who receives his vaccinations right on schedule.
Blog Posts by Devi R. Thomas
Meeting Carrenjoy in the Philippines
Situated on a mountain, two hours north of the capital city of Manila, is Barangay Tandang Kutyo. There, I met Carrenjoy, a 23-year-old mother who has a daughter named Leslie.
April 27, 2015
Senate Hearing on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Earlier this week the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to discuss the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States
February 13, 2015
The numbers are in!
It’s that time of year again.—Budget Day! On Monday, the President released the Administration’s requested budget for the fiscal year 2016.
February 4, 2015
One Billion Reasons to Say Thanks
Today, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance hosted their replenishment conference in Berlin. This summit brought together global donors to pledge money to help Gavi fund their life-saving work from 2016 -2020.
January 27, 2015
Countdown to Replenishment and progress in our fight to protect children from pneumonia
We are less than a week away from a converging of the world's global health community in support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
January 22, 2015
Thank you, thank you!
Thank you. Let me just say it again, thank you. #GivingTuesday was a HUGE success because of you.
December 3, 2014
Shot@Life Counts Down to #GivingTueday
We are exactly four weeks away from a global day of giving. What I love about #GivingTuesday is the incredible sense of community the day inspires.
November 4, 2014
5 Things You Should Know About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance:
Do you know Gavi? Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is a global partnership bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live.
October 30, 2014
A Promise Renewed
Yesterday, UNICEF announced that the world is steadily moving forward on improving child survival. Their latest progress report confirms that the estimated annual number of under-five deaths has decreased by almost half since 1990, from 12.7 million to from 6.3 million.
September 17, 2014
The Ws of Blogust '14
“Blogust” might be a funny sounding word, but every year this digital event has a big impact on children around the globe.
July 31, 2014
Thank YOU and Congress for making global vaccines a priority
Calls to action from across the country have been heard loud and clear: Congress has put forward strong plans to fund global immunization programs — and to give kids around the globe a shot at life.
June 26, 2014
Double Your Life-Saving Power
From now through June 30, Diapers.com DOUBLES your life-saving power. Every time you share the refer-a-friend code, and your friend makes a purchase, diapers.com will double their donation to Shot@Life.
June 7, 2014
Let your voice be heard about the GAVI Alliance
Yesterday, one of the United Nations Foundation’s partners, the GAVI Alliance, who works with leaders in the vaccine industry to save lives by accelerating vaccine introduction, increasing coverage and making vaccines affordable for developing countries, announced their next phase of funding needs.
May 21, 2014
5 Reasons to Join Shot@Life to Stop the Spots
5 Reasons to Join Shot@Life to Stop the Spots: Measles is one of the most contagious and deadliest killers of children under the age of five. Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases.
May 14, 2014
The Universal Truths of Motherhood
This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action), up to $250,000, to the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide in support of MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl Up.
April 14, 2014
Why you should care about measles
Measles is a highly contagious disease and it travels well. Last week, the United Nations Foundation published a blog, revisited from fall 2013, about why you should care about measles. Here are the top six reasons.
March 24, 2014
What does the polio-like illness in California mean for polio globally?
I’m sure you have been following the medical cases in California where state health officials are tracking as many as 25 children who are displaying “polio-like” symptoms.
February 26, 2014
Every child counts
Last week, UNICEF released their annual State of the World’s Children report. This important report tracks how things like vaccines and education impact children’s lives worldwide.
February 6, 2014
Let's celebrate a polio-free India
January 13, 2014 marks three years since the last case of wild polio in India. In March, we expect the World Health Organization (WHO) to official certify India as polio-free.
January 13, 2014
Vaccinations are a Life and Death Issue in NBC’s Sci-Fi Drama Revolution
NBC's futuristic drama Revolution is set more than 15 years into a worldwide blackout that has plunged the US into warring factions and a primitive existence. When disaster strikes like this, vaccinations can’t be produced or stored, and killer diseases return.
November 6, 2013